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Newlywed Hopes for Life Beyond Cancer

Newlywed Hopes for Life Beyond Cancer

Posted - Jul. 15, 2004 at 9:39 p.m.



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Carole Mikita ReportingAfter months of chemotherapy, nausea, headaches and exhaustion a young woman from American Fork who thought she beat cancer is facing that same treatment again. But she says the disease is not taking over her life.

Guiding a two-ton team of horses is nothing for Meagan Thompson Robbins. She has handled more daunting challenges in her 22 years than most. Two years ago she was diagnosed with brain cancer.

Meagan Thompson Robbins: "We found a tumor, it was about that big and they were able to remove 90% of it."

The last time we saw Meagan, recording artist Jewel was performing a benefit concert for her and her sister Alex, who died last November from her brain tumor. Support from her community and well wishes from around the world did wonders for her spirits she says, and she started this year with big plans for the future.

Meagan Robbins: "Cancer survivor, that's a great title, but you're a survivor anyway. Don't own the cancer."

Last month her doctor discovered lumps in both breasts and in a couple of lymph nodes -- more cancer and more surgery. And just three days before her wedding...

Meagan Robbins: "I had emergency surgery, a blood vessel had popped and it was just gushing. They had to go in and cauterize it."

She arrived at the temple holding ice packs to her chest. Not the blushing bride, she says, but the photos turned out just fine.

For now she works as a manager at Thanksgiving Point's Farm Country and refuses to feel sorry for herself. She's here and she's grateful.

Meagan Robbins: "I'm really just lookin' forward to life. I mean, my plans are just to continue on, but I would like to have children, hopefully a year after I finish chemo."

She’s not continuing on as a cancer survivor, rather as a survivor of life. Meagan begins her next round of chemotherapy next week.

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